Higher education facilities in Chautauqua County are teaching thousands of students each year in virtually every field.
For many years, State University of New York at Fredonia has been listed on many of the top college lists in the region and was recently named one of the Best Northeast Colleges and Green Colleges by the Princeton Review. Fredonia offers a beautiful residential campus with a variety of undergraduate majors in the arts, humanities, and the natural and social sciences, as well as professional programs, and graduate master’s and advanced certificate programs in many areas. As part of New York’s acclaimed SUNY system, it proudly participates in the Excelsior Scholarship program offering an affordable education to the state’s students.
Jamestown Community College was the first community college certified in New York State. With a main campus in Jamestown and additional campuses in Dunkirk and nearby Olean, JCC is committed to humanities and liberal arts programs. 4,000 students are enrolled in nearly forty degree programs, which have been expanded to include vocational education and community service. In addition to traditional classroom settings, JCC offers skilled manufacturing and technical training for students seeking certificate or degree programs.
Empire State College is also a part of the SUNY system, catering to adults who are pursuing Associates, Bachelors, or Masters Degrees in a variety of disciplines. In addition, the Communiversity at Jamestown Community College is an alliance of regional colleges and universities making select associate, bachelors, and master’s degrees accessible to individuals in Chautauqua County. Communiversity courses are delivered through a variety of models including traditional classroom settings, live interactive television links and online courses. Bellevue University also provides the convenience of distance learning to help Associate Degree holders attain a Bachelor’s Degree.
Jamestown Business College is a private institution focused on a business curriculum. JBC offers students an opportunity to complete an Associate’s Degree in just 18 months, and a Bachelor’s Degree in 39 months. JBC graduates can also rely on lifetime career placement services.
Eighteen school districts in settings from urban to rural serve public school students from pre-kindergarten through high school graduation, providing a variety of challenging curricula as well as art and athletic opportunities. In addition, Erie2-Chautauqua- Cattaraugus BOCES provides two centers for vocational education services.
The Cassadaga Job Corps Center is administered through the US Department of Labor and provides technical and career training for 16 to 24-year olds in a variety of fields.
The Western New York P-TECH Academy offers a project-based learning environment which specializes in training students in a continuum through high school into an Associate’s Degree program in welding or mechanical technology with a concentration in CADD or machine tooling.
The Chautauqua County Education Coalition works to align resources and build capabilities to meet the evolving workforce requirements of the community. Structured as a collective impact initiative, it is driven by data and fosters cross communication between education, business, and community leaders. With stakeholders participating from a broad variety of organizations, the Coalition is striving to benchmark and improve kindergarten readiness; identify and develop middle to high school career pathways connected to healthcare and manufacturing; and coordinate and align offerings of cohort training for in-demand occupations in healthcare and manufacturing.
Dream It Do It Western New York focuses on promoting STEM education with an eye towards providing manufacturers in the region with a skilled labor force to meet their current and future demands.